Russell is a writer, artist and associate curator of exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Last year Russell co-organised Nigerian-American artist Dozie Kanu’s first museum solo exhibition and worked with Thelma Golden on Projects 110: Michael Armitage (shown at MoMA, New York), among other shows, and was supposed to take a spot as one of this year’s Rauschenberg Residency fellows – now postponed until next year. Part autobiography, part manifesto, and located within the experience of the internet, Glitch Feminism appeared in book form this year, a more developed analysis of a term Russell coined back in 2013 that later formed a performance evening and a series of digital film shorts as part of Post-Cyber Feminist International at ICA, London, in 2017. Broadly speaking, Glitch Feminism explores the socio-techno construct of gender and sexuality, and the generative potential of glitches, malfunctions or errors in the social machine. Within it all, identity is both fugitive and multiple, with representations of this provided by artists such as boychild, Sondra Perry and American Artist. The book’s parting shot: USURP THE BODY! BECOME YOUR AVATAR!
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